Discussion Brief for Corporate Sector
‘The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: The corporate sector’, was prepared for RWI Asia and the Pacific Office by Anisha Rajapakse."

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Climate change, biodiversity loss, and the destruction and degradation of ecosystems have significant impacts on people’s lives, affecting our ability to work, have leisure activities, and enjoy good health. Human rights and environmental protection are interdependent. A healthy environment enables people to fully enjoy their human rights. At the same time, the exercise of human rights helps promote environmental protection.


This discussion brief provides recommendations for the corporate sector, based on findings and recommendations from RWI’s 2020 thematic study, ‘Prosperous and green in the Anthropocene: The human right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia.’ The brief showcases the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses with regard to human rights and the environment, and offers positive examples of private-sector initiatives for sustainability. It further showcases the rising ride of regulation in this area, featuring examples of current national and EU laws with transnational impacts and associated accountability processes. The brief provides a list of salient issues for businesses to consider and respond to, in order to advance the right to a healthy environment. 


The brief aims to catalyse dialogue and think on how businesses can play a more prominent role in realising the right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia. The current ecological crisis requires businesses to ensure that they are pulling their weight in preventing and mitigating environmental harm and climate change, to offer solutions that are just and will benefit everyone – women as well as men, indigenous as well as non-indigenous people, and future generations as well as people now living.


Discussion Brief No. 4, titled: ‘The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: The corporate sector’, was prepared for RWI Asia and the Pacific Office by Anisha Rajapakse. This document should be cited as follows:


Rajapakse, A (2020) ‘The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: The corporate sector’, The right to a healthy environment: Discussion Brief No. 4, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


The overall conceptualisation, project terms, guidance, and editing were led by Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Senior Researcher (RWI) and Victor Bernard, Program Officer (RWI).


This brief also available in Thai language : Discussion brief for the corporate sector TH.pdf